Welcome to week 3! The plants have really started to grow and are filling in the spaces. I got the drip irrigation all plumbed, bay leaf tree in a large pot (that I found for a steal at Sam’s Club), storage benches made and finished, and the start of the equipment wall and privacy screen in place. I’d be lying if I said I’m right where I would like to be, but honestly when I think about it, we accomplished a ton this past week.
We were also assaulted by an endless march of hungry caterpillars. But what’s a project without a little adversity? I spent a lot of time this week picking their fat, hairy bodies off of my new plants. However, the battle scars are still present – but that’s organic gardening right?
I made the storage benches out of inexpensive fencing panels and pressure treated wood. The small bench was made by cutting the fence boards in half. The come in 6′ lengths. The three longer benches were made with full length boards. I’ll post a tutorial soon.
After I built the benches and their tops I sanded them down, stained them with Minwax Wiping Stain in Kona and sealed them with Thompson’s Clear Water Seal.
This was a busy week and I feel like it’s only going to get crazier because next week we have Easter festivities and we will need to finish the equipment surround and privacy fence and once Mike is done with the rough framing he will be done helping. I’m so lucky I was able to talk him in to helping me build that equipment surround and privacy fence. I could not have done it easily (or well) with out his help. I can build the boxes and the benches and do trim work but when it comes to large framing members he really is incredibly good at it…even if it isn’t his, “cup of tea.”
So, to break it down: this week I built and finished the storage benches; finished all the drip irrigation and planted my large tree; set the post holders for all the posts in the privacy fence and the equipment surround; made many trips to Lowe’s and Home Depot and a trip to Ikea; celebrated a birthday; went to a funeral; had company for the weekend and went to a rodeo. Phew. That was a lot.
The plan for next week: get as far as possible with the equipment surround and privacy fence. Hope you plan to come back and see if we got anything done on it, feel free to check out some of other guest designers in the One Room Challenge, along with the 20 Featured Designers.